Review of the EIB transparency policy

1. We welcome the simplification and the more user-friendly aspect of the policy.
2. We also welcome the commitment of the EIB to act transparently and to engage with representatives of civil society and stakeholders affected by the projects the Bank finances.
3. We, however, have some concerns about some of the proposals made in the draft which tend to restrict the scope of the right of access to information. We also regret that the Bank has not taken the opportunity of this revision to amend some of the policy provisions that are way too vague to have any legal meaning and leave too much discretion to the Bank to decide on the disclosure of information. This lack of clarity prevents external stakeholders from having any legal certainty about the applicable rules on transparency. Other provisions are not in line with the applicable legal framework enshrined in Regulation 1049/2001, Regulation 1367/2006 and Article 4 and 5 of the Aarhus Convention. We address all these issues in the sections below.

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Published October 27, 2014
Found in Environmental DemocracyRule of law